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Diary of an Old Soul

George MacDonald

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George MacDonald, a Scottish pastor, wrote these short poems, one for each day of the year, to help him with the severe misfortune he was experiencing. The poems are filled with hope and promises of Christ, yet, he also writes about his doubts. These poems are wonderful to listen to for people of any religion.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .All prayers in one—my God, be unto me Thy own eternal self, absolutely. 9. Where should the unknown treasures of the truth Lie, but there whence the truth comes out the most— In the Son of man, folded in love and ruth? Fair shore we see, fair ocean; but behind Lie infinite reaches bathing many a coast— The human thought of the eternal mind, Pulsed by a living tide, blown by a living wind. 10. Thou, healthful Father, art the Ancient of Days, And Jesus is the eternal youth of thee. Our old age is the scorching of the bush By life's indwelling, incorruptible blaze. O Life, burn at this feeble shell of me, Till I the sore singed garment off shall push, Flap out my Psyche wings, and to thee rush. 11. But shall I then rush to thee like a dart? Or lie long hours . . . Read More

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These sermons are the deepest writing I have ever read, and probably my favorite book. My wife and I were reading one out loud on a day off in a public park, and we both burst into tears and prayers and had to close the book. "Life" is my favorite sermon, but they are all powerful. I have not read t

I am a pastor's daughter, so I have heard my share of sermons. This collection of sermons was truly life-changing for me. Like no one else (other than perhaps Dallas Willard), MacDonald is able to present God in a way that corresponds with reality. His teaching is dense, but full of nourishment. My

I cannot possibly do justice in just a few words to describe how these three volumes have impacted me! For the past 30 years of my life, I have developed a keen fondness for the stories of George MacDonald . . . and have fallen in love with this man who seemed to know the heart of God in such an int

Without qualification, this is the best work of theological and devotional literature I have ever read. I find it wholly Christian and Spiritual in the best and truest senses of those terms. Whenever I want encouragement, chastisement, spiritual food, or something theologically and antiphilosophical

Tomorrow I think I’ll start this book over. There’s no way to put Unspoken Sermons behind you because its truth, beauty, and inspiration will cling to you. The invitation given in this book is to abandon theory, and to instead simply obey God and find Christ. I don’t believe I’ll ever live another d

This book by far is the most brilliant piece of literature I have ever read. Mcdonald’s theoloy intermingled with his love of fiction and poetry produced something truly breathtaking. It surprises me actually, that he has not had as much recognition as he should and it makes me wonder if it is only

I have been meaning to write an updated review of this beautiful and powerful book by the great Scottish writer I so greatly admire, so here goes! I find George MacDonald's theology absolutely fascinating, challenging, and spiritually nourishing. My favorite sermon from this book, is The Child In Th

This isn’t the easiest book to read. The language feels overly complicated. But there are incredible nuggets of truth throughout.

“What I want to say and show is that a man will please God better by believing some things that are not told him, than by confining his faith to those things that are expr

This is a book I keep going back to. Often dense and difficult to understand - MacDonald's writing style leaves something to be desired - it's still full of gems and wisdom and spiritual insight. MacDonald verges on being a universalist (that is, the doctrine that everyone will eventually be saved,

George MacDonald is a fascinating writer whose works cover a wide range from imaginative fantasy stories to deep reflections on the Christian gospel. This series of sermons is the latter and are beneficial for any Christian to work through. MacDonald's unspoken sermons cover a wide range of topics f

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